In France every resident is required to possess a proof of residence, which must be a utility bill, and a declaration by the landlord if the bill is not in the person's name. French landlords often don't want to provide this document, usually because they don't want their renters to declare their address to any government controlled database so that they can avoid declaring the rent for tax purposes.
On the other hand, this creates a huge burden on the renter since a proof of residence is required to obtain many mandatory services, like opening a bank account (yes, this is mandatory in France). The rent agreement cannot be used as a proof of residence.
If a renter find him/herself in this situation, could this person oblige the landlord to provide this document? Is this document actually mandatory to be provided by the landlord to the renter?